The East Anglian Air Ambulance is to extend its flying hours to cope with an expected increase in the number of emergency calls.
The medical charity has announced that Anglia One, the EAAA’s helicopter, will be extending its flying hours from today, Saturday, May 31, to will operate a 12-hour shift from 7am until 7pm, seven days a week.
A spokeswoman said: “As summer approaches, bringing extended daylight hours, more and more people across the region will be out and about enjoying the warmer weather and lighter evenings. This increase in activity for the people of East Anglia brings with it a potential increase in need for the EAAA.”
Anglia Two will continue to operate during the hours of darkness, covering all six counties in East Anglia from its Cambridge base. The extended service provided by Anglia One will give additional support across the region during the busy summer months.
Melanie Nightingale, the EAAA’s acting chief operating officer said: ‘We are enormously pleased to be able to offer this extended service. Our Norwich team were keen to support their Anglia Two and EEAST colleagues during the summer months when there is often an increased need for our services. I would like to thank the operations team and all our doctors, paramedics and pilots for making this possible’.
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